Once I have the surgery, will I require any further treatment?
Dr Safvat recommends patients that undergo De Quervain’s Tendonitis Release undergo hand therapy following their surgery. Dr Safvat will go through the recovery process in detail during the consultation and organise hand therapy for you.
How long before I can use my hand properly after the surgery?
Following DeQuervain’s release, you can expect discomfort, swelling, and stiffness. Most patients can return to light work within a few days, but it may take 6-8 weeks to return to more physical work.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
It is recommended that non-surgical options are tried prior to any surgery being performed. These include resting the thumb and the wrist with a splint, activity modification, oral anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections around the tendons. These treatments help reduce the inflammation around the tendons and relieve the tendonitis for a variable period of time. In severe or recurrent cases and cases not responsive to non-surgical treatment, surgical release of the tendons is recommended.